Crucified, Dead and Buried

Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. Luke 23:50-53

After Jesus had taken His last breath and finished the work of the cross he hung lifeless on the cross. As was their custom the Romans would break the legs of those being crucified in order to hasten their death so that the execution would be over before sundown on the Sabbath. This was done not because the Romans particularly cared to honor the Jewish Sabbath but in order to keep order. When they cam to Jesus they saw that He was already dead, but being the efficient Romans they were they thrust a spear into His side. They did not however break Jesus’ legs as was their custom. Once again an Old Testament Prophecy was fulfilled, Psalms 34:20 – He keeps all his bones;   not one of them is broken. Once again, an Old Testament prophesy was fulfilled that was out of the hands of mortal men. Jesus’ legs should have been broken. This was the procedure, yet God’s Word was fulfilled.

Joseph of Arimathea then went to Pilate to ask for permission to remove Jesus’ body and bury Him. Now sundown was rapidly coming so they were not able to perform all the rituals to embalm the body. This was a hasty burial with the thought that they would return after sunrise on Sunday to finish the burial rituals. They would never finish.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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